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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Excel 2010 gets sparklines, finally

There are a number of different Office 2010 features and functions we’re getting wind of now that the covers have come off at the WPC in New Orleans.

One feature that is of particular interest is sparklines. I would think that anyone who subscribes to this blog will know what a sparkline is and how useful native Excel support for this visualization will be.

If you’re looking some more visual information about this new feature take a look at the following:

  • There’s a good video on TechNet. The commentary is in German but the demo is pretty self-explanatory. Make sure you view it in full screen as you’ll get a good close-up view of the various display and formatting options available in the new Sparkline Tools ribbon tab.
  • Scoble has a post containing six great Office 2010 videos including one that demos the creation of sparklines (it’s the last video out of the six). In that same video there’s a demo of the new pivot table slicer functionality. Many would already be aware of slicer feature via the various Gemini demo videos that have been available for the last few months.

UPDATE: Here is the official Sparkline post from the Excel 2010 team blog

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